NPL preview: Goulburn Valley v Victory

Melbourne Victory makes the trip to Shepparton to face the Goulburn Valley Suns in the NPL2 West on Saturday.

Summary

Victory is on a five-match unbeaten run ahead of its visit to John McEwen Reserve to face the Suns.

It has kept three clean sheets in that period, playing out 0-0 draws with Springvale White Eagles, Ballarat City and Geelong.

While Victory has had its chances in each game, goalkeeper Branko Skocic, 20, has also starred in recent matches.


Skocic saved a penalty during the clash against Ballarat, while he made several fine stops during the draw with Geelong last time out.

Victory has claimed three of its five wins this season when playing away from home, collecting 11 points on the road.

It is eighth in the NPL2 West ahead of the encounter, while the Suns are fourth in the NPL2 East.

The teams last met in May last year, when Goulburn Valley recorded a 2-1 win at Epping Stadium.

Head coach Gareth Naven's pre-match thoughts

"It's important that we need to repeat what we've been doing in regards to how we approach the game, our attitude, our work rate, helping each other, that's really important. And, we'd like to be calmer when we're into the front third to make sure that we make it really difficult for the keeper to save the ball, more calmness through the front third, getting there, and then if we can execute more calmly up there."

This week

NPL2 West 2019 Round 19
Goulburn Valley Suns v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, June 29, 7.00pm AEST
John McEwen Reserve, Shepparton

U20 NPL2 West 2019 Round 19
Goulburn Valley Suns v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, June 29, 5.00pm AEST
John McEwen Reserve, Shepparton

U18 NPL West 2019 Round 18
Pascoe Vale v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, June 30, 12.00pm AEST
Hosken Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2019 Round 18
Pascoe Vale v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, June 30, 10.00am AEST
Hosken Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 0 Geelong 0
U20 NPL2 West: Victory 2 (Tountas 58', Bassal 62') Geelong 2
U18 NPL West: Altona Magic 1 Victory 5 (Duratovic 6', Anastovski 32'/80')
U15 NPL West: Altona Magic 1 Victory 5 (Minutoli 24', OG 26', Nicoletti 29', Lino 55', Theodorou 68' pen)